Gollie: A Complete Guide

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Let’s face it; dogs might be the best pets in the world. They are obedient, loyal and loving, and make a positive mark on the lives of its owners.

But I understand, the prospect of owning one can be a hard thought because there’s a lot of work that goes into it.

Life can be hard by itself, let alone with a completely other entity that you’re completely responsible for. But don’t let it get to you, a canine is worth it, as it brings 10-15 years of happiness into your life.

Today, we are talking about the Gollie. It is a dog that is good in nature and kind, but also incredibly intelligent.

It is a new hybrid of a Golden Retriever and a Collie, which makes its ancestral history so much more interesting.

Both the Golden Retriever and Collie were used as hunting and herding dogs throughout Scotland, which is where the Gollie gets its incredibly smart brain from.

Both parent breeds have also become relatively famous, with them respectively starring in Air Bud and Lassie! With such an incredibly cool background, the Gollie is bound to be a great dog.

I have designed this guide for you to prepare you for future dog ownership. I will detail the need to know basic information on the Gollie, including its length, weight, life expectancy and more.

I will also inform you of what you need to prepare before letting a canine-like the Gollie your house. Does the family-oriented intelligence of the Gollie interest you?

Well, keep on reading to find out more about this dog.

Gollie – Before You Buy…

Gollie in snow
The Gollie is friendly, elegant and easy to train.

There are a few things you need to contemplate before swearing into the commitment of dog ownership.

You have to be prepared to turn your schedule and household into the ideal place for this creature’s growth.

You need to be there for it from the early days, allowing it to become comfortable and assimilate into life outside of the kennel.

It may be stressful at first, but it is needed for an easier future.

Before bringing the Gollie into your home, make sure you have the adequate space for it to excel.

It’s a larger breed, and therefore will need space for both physical activity and lackadaisical days.

If you live in an apartment, you should probably look at smaller breeds.

You need to discuss with your family to organize that someone is going to be home at all times to keep this puppy company.

If you live by yourself and can’t free up your schedule, look at more of an independent dog, or maybe reconsider getting a dog altogether at this point.

Other things you will need to consider include color, gender and your preferences on spaying/neutering.

How Much Does a Gollie Cost?

Price is a huge factor in any purchase, especially a dog. Most of the time, these creatures aren’t cheap, and their costs can determine what type of breed and size you can realistically look at.

The Gollie is not on the cost-effective side. It can cost anywhere between $900-$1000, which is a little below the $1000+ price points of the Golden Retriever and Collie.

It isn’t suited for aspiring owners with strict budgets, however, may appeal to those who want the traits of either the Golden Retriever or Collie, while spending a little less.

How Do I Find A Reputable Breeder?

Whether they have a dedicated shelter or a backyard business, you need to be careful buying from a breeder.

You need to try and determine whether or not their process is of high quality and ethical, as it can alter the life of a dog forever.

Before seeking one out, look for any information on the internet regarding your area, and ask any family or friends with canine experience for recommendations.

A breeder should:

  • Supply an ample amount of space for the puppy to play, laze and grow.
  • Treat the puppies with attention and kindness, preparing them for further socialization when they settle into an owner’s household. A dog can suffer from anxiety and depression if not properly socialized.
  • Have extensive knowledge of the parent breeds of the hybrid.
  • Inform the aspiring owner of any vital information and equipment needs that they should seek, to ensure the dog grows efficiently
  • Sell the dogs at a price that is around the average. If the breeder is cutting costs and the dog is cheaper, it is recommended that you avoid that puppy and report it immediately.

3 little-known facts about the Gollie:

  • The Gollie is a heavy shedder, so be prepared to brush regularly.
  • The Golden Retriever, its parent breed, was first bred by a Scottish baron called Lord Tweedmouth.
  • The Gollie is one of the rare dog breeds that can have a brown nose, instead of black.

The Physical Traits of a Gollie

Happy Gollie by trains
A Gollie can have a brown nose.

The Gollie is a mixed breed and therefore can inherit traits from both its predecessors, the Golden Retriever and the Collie.

It can look more like one of its parent breeds, or a complete mix of both these dogs. However, some physical features are very common throughout this breed.

The Gollie will usually have a double coat that is waterproof and can be blue, brown, white or black. It’s a big, masculine dog that stands tall and its head is slightly inclined.

Its nose can be black or brown, and its eyes can be brown or hazel. It has long, stern legs that hold the Gollie in an elegant posture, along with a masculine tail.

How Big is a Full-Grown Gollie?

The Gollie is a large-sized breed, growing to around 22-24 inches long. This is the same size as that of a Golden Retriever, and smaller than the 24-26 inches of a Collie.

Although large in length, the Gollie is a relatively slim dog for breeds of its size. It can weigh up to 50-65 pounds in mass, with the male being the predominantly bigger of the gender.

Due to the size of the Gollie, you shouldn’t leave it around smaller kids unsupervised, because of safety reasons.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Gollie?

The life expectancy of the Gollie is around the average for most large-sized breeds.

It is said that the Gollie can live up to 12-15 years, which is longer than the 10-12 years of the Golden Retriever and a little shorter than the 14-16 years of the Collie.

In the end, however, you shouldn’t rely too heavily on these numbers as life expectancy depends on health, so keep an eye out for any symptoms of illness.

Temperament, Size and Behavioural Traits of the Gollie

Due to its ancestry, the Gollie is a dedicated hard worker who is active and enthusiastic. When at home, however, it loves to laze around the house with its owner.

The Gollie needs to be socialized early, and in return, they can become great with other pets and children.

The Gollie is not a great guard dog and will treat strangers with excitement and licking as opposed to nervousness. They are energetic, intelligent and incredibly easy to train.

What are the Dietary Needs of the Gollie?

Gollie on stairs
A Gollie sheds a lot.

The Gollie will eat the normal amount of food for large-sized breeds.

It will eat around 3 cups of dog food a day, costing $40-$50 a month.

It will need a lot of nutrients and will enjoy meats such as chicken, beef, lamb, and pork.

It will need a lot of dry dog food and kibble, as that is a great source for the Gollie to consume its dietary needs.

How Much Exercise Does the Gollie Need?

 The Gollie is considered an active dog and will need a moderate amount of exercise every day.

It is recommended that the Gollie participates in 60 minutes of exercise daily, with around 12 miles of walking a week.

You should take it to the park and along for family trips regularly, as it doesn’t like being left alone.

Games like fetch and frisbee are recommended, and it’s always eager for training, trials, and activities.

Health Concerns and Issues of the Gollie

The Gollie as a larger breed inherits several health concerns. You should occasionally schedule regular trips to the veterinarian for blood tests and x rays.

Health concerns include:


Elbow Dysplasia



ConclusionGollie guide

Overall, the Gollie is an excellent dog for beginners.

It is friendly, elegant and easy to train, with its intelligence making it compatible and adaptable to different owners.

If you want a dog that is active, affectionate and always down for a nice walk, the Gollie is the perfect dog for you.


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